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Quotes of the Day for 27 March 2003 – Excellence

Frederick Henry Royce was born at Alwalton, Rutland, England on this day in 1863. He apprenticed as a telegraph boy with a railroad and started his own shop making dynamos, motors, and electrically-driven cranes in 1884. He bought his first car in 1903 and found it seriously lacking, so put his own first car on the road on 1 April 1904. After joining up with motorist Charles Rolls in 1907 the brilliant engineer created a line of cars known around the world for Excellence.

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The quotes:

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.
     - Aristotle, 384 - 322 BC

In communities where men build ships for their own sons to fish or fight from, quality is never a problem.
     - J. Deville

I have offended God and mankind because my work didn't reach the quality it should have.
     - Leonardo da Vinci, 1452 - 1519

Quality has to be caused, not controlled.
     - Philip Crosby

If you don't do it excellently, don't do it at all. Because if it's not excellent, it won't be profitable or fun, and if you're not in business for fun or profit, what the hell are you doing there?
     - Robert Townsend

For a list of all the ways technology has failed to improve the quality of life, please press three.
     - Alice Kahn


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